Sharing experience and knowledge is my real passion.
What I love the most is to share a point of view, not specifically in a top-down manner, but more about what works and what doesn’t, and about always being willing to learn from other people’s experiences.
Every piece of content you’ll find here has been created based on a real situation.

Outsourcing: Should tech startups outsource product development?

Building a startup is all about minimizing risks because ultimately, risks represent money that we might have to spend in the future to deal with things that didn’t go as planned. In the interest of saving money, startup founders might see outsourcing their project’s development as the obvious choice but fail to see the big risk it can pose. Today I want to tackle this subject from an experienced and realistic point of view to determine when it is best to outsource your development.

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How startup founders can manage relationship conflicts

Conflict is a part of all human connections, and business relations—more specifically in startups—are no different. If we want our startup venture to have the best shot at success, we need to be prepared to not only deal with conflict, but prevent it altogether. And with the tools I have for you today, you’ll be able to do just that.

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Startups need developers, not a CTO, to get started

It’s been more than 4 years since I started giving startups advice as a CTO and there is something key to understand. On the first stages, startups need talented marketers and developers to build a proof of concept. I often see founders trying to get their “CTO” to develop their application, but in fact, startups just need a bit of CTO guidance to get started, and to check from time to time that everything is on target towards the business vision. Let’s review what the CTO role is…

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May 2018: Personal retrospective

Here it is—May is over and summer is about to come here in Europe. The past month has not been as productive as the previous one for severals reasons—several holidays, an almost week-long startup boot camp, etc… But I’ve still made some progress, especially in publication and social media. My biggest realization this month is that I thrive thanks to my network, the local incubators, accelerators and through word-of-mouth of startups I’ve worked with. But what if I had to restart from scratch?

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The importance of communication for your project

I recently mentored a startup which was developing quite a complicated project that involved developers from multiple locations and whose native languages differed. In part due to the complexity, and in part because of communication issues, portions of key concepts and goals were not properly understood along the way. In order to ensure the smooth development of your project, it is important to understand and define the roles of each member of the team, and also to communicate and check the understanding throughout the process.

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Understanding who you need to hire as your startup grows

I wrote recently about what it takes to move your ideas forward from concept to reality. Part of that process, at some point, may involve moving some of the work out of your hands and bringing in outside help. The question of who you will need is not always obvious and it is not the same in every situation. Here are three different business configurations that will help you better understand who you need to hire to move forward.

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April 2018: Personal retrospective

April just ended a few days ago, and it was a very productive and focused month for me. I created the best course I ever recorded: a course that summarizes everything I’ve been doing for startups since 2014. This will be one of the best help for any founder without a strong technical background (someone with a tech background might learn a lot from it too).

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Moving from concept to development

Many people at one time or another will say they have had an idea for a business. What is involved in going from an idea to something real though is taking something from being a fleeting idea to something real. Here is the basic process that can make your idea a reality.

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Understanding data scraping

A startup, by the very nature of what it is, often involves a bit of risk taking, a mindset that can evaluate the potential risks against the possible rewards and benefits. Sometimes temporary shortcuts may be required to reach the ultimate goal. This is why, in the case of startups and under certain guidelines, I believe data scraping should be considered.

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How to find the greatest success with brainstorming

No matter the project, whether it is working with a startup, designing a new online course, or even something far more personal, I find, as do many people, that brainstorming ideas, approaches and solutions, is the most effective way to take control and to get started. I want to share with you today the most effective method I have ever found for brainstorming.

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Raising funds without a technical background

At some point along the path of every startup, there will likely be a need to raise funds. In order to demonstrate your vision, and show investors why they should invest and be confident in that investment, there are some operational and technical management skills you must demonstrate.

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Energy management is the key to success in business and life as an entrepreneur

Most startup founders and entrepreneurs launch their businesses, in part, so they can lead the lives they want and achieve work-life balance, or so they can chart their own paths to success. I hear from many though who end up working more hours than expected, who can’t seem to get control of their lives and who burn out or do not succeed because they fail to find a way to manage their energy in an effective way. I would like to share with you my secret for energy management and as you read, ask you to consider how these strategies might look in your own life.

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